Many believe that Spurs will look to strengthen this summer and Harry Redknapp has spoken of the possibility of one special signing, but if someone came calling for one of Redknapp’s players with a big money bid to test the club’s resolve, could the Lilywhites or the player resist?
After deservedly winning the double Chelsea look set to spend this summer as Roman Abramovich has promised to back his manager in the transfer market. Naturally the Blues are being linked with every player under the sun, with Luka Modric reportedly on the Russian’s radar.
Now that they have finished in one of the Champions League spots the Spurs faithful would think that any sale of Modric would be simply unthinkable and very unpopular. They’d be right to think that as the little Croatian has been fantastic this season and now Tottenham have achieved what they set out to do, why would he decide to leave now and why would the club even be willing to sell him?
In the past few summers Spurs fans have had to endure a few transfer sagas surrounding their stars and have seen a few of them move onto bigger clubs. Most notably Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick, who were sold for big money to Manchester United. Robbie Keane also made a ‘dream’ move to Liverpool, only to return and end up losing his place in the side this season. So, if Modric was even entertaining the idea of leaving he should spare a thought for those players as they have not necessarily found the grass is greener on the other side and have all had their individual problems in recent seasons.
The 24-year-old Croatian playmaker has become the envy of many high profile clubs off the back of an impressive season at Spurs (even though he missed out on much of the first half of the season with injury). His ability to beat a defender with a trick or a pass has caught the eye of many clubs, with Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United and Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea most heavily linked with the player over recent weeks.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has big decisions to make this summer especially if a big offer come in for Modric, or any other player for that matter. Although something like a £30 million bid would be tempting the club must refuse it and do the best to keep the best players at the club, otherwise Levy would be risking a major backlash.
However, should Redknapp get his hands on Chelsea’s Joe Cole, who is out of contract this summer and selling Luka meant that the manager could bring in a much needed top quality striker such as Eden Dzeko or Diego Forlan it could potentially happen.
Now that Spurs have one foot in UEFA’s most prestigious competition their fans expect them to keep their stars and to be a buying club, not a selling one. If Levy wants to see Tottenham take the next step and be a top four club on a consistent basis then selling the likes of Modric is not the way forward.
Should the north London club wish to generate extra cash for the coffers then they have plenty saleable assets who are arguably surplus to requirements including Alan Hutton, Robbie Keane, Jamie O’Hara and possibly even Wilson Palacios, Roman Pavlychenko and Jermaine Jenas (depending on the personnel that come in of course).
As long as Modric is happy at White Hart Lane (which I believe he is) I do not believe they should sell him, unless it was for a ridiculous sum maybe. He has the chance to line up against Europe’s elite next season playing in a Tottenham shirt, so has no reason to leave them, but the Spurs fans will just hope that all the paper talk about him leaving is just media hearsay and false rumours.
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